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Gabrielle Union defends Rihanna's "Man Down"

Gabrielle Union watches the Game Two of the 2011 NBA Finals on June 2, 2011, in Miami. Getty

(CBS) Rihanna's music video for "Man Down," in which she plays a rape victim who shoots and kills her attacker, sparked controversy when it premiered last week.

But actress Gabrielle Union, a rape victim herself, has now come forward to defend the video.

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"Saw 'Man Down' by @rihanna. Every victim/survivor of rape is unique, including how they THINK they'd like justice 2 be handed out," the "Bring It On" actress wrote, one of the first in a series of tweets.

"Durin my rape I tried 2 shoot my rapist, bt I missed," she continued. "Over the yrs I realized tht killin my rapist wouldve added insult 2 injury."

She added, "The DESIRE 2 kill someone whose abused/raped u is understandable, bt unless its self defense n the moment 2 save ur life, just ADDS 2 ur troubles #mandown."

Union has spoken publicly  before about the rape, which occurred when she was 19. When asked about it by a Twitter follower on Sunday, she explained that her attacker was a stranger "who robbed the store I worked at."

"He put his gun dwn durin the rape & asked me 2 had it 2 him," she continued.

Union tweeted that Rihanna's video did a "GREAT job of getting the ENTIRE world TALKING abt RAPE. I hope tht it leads 2 HEALING & PREVENTS RAPE."

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